About Us

Our History

Rockdale is a registered social landlord  and has been supporting older people in Sevenoaks since 1953. Today it is home to over 200 residents in a range of sheltered accommodation and residential care. Whether you opt to rent or purchase your property, or move to our residential home, you will be part of a welcoming community nestled in the centre of Sevenoaks Town. For many of our residents the knowledge that our staff are on site 24-hours a day brings peace of mind so that they can enjoy their retirement.

We are a not-for-profit charitable organisation which enables us to keep Rockdale affordable for all and any profits are invested back into the Association and not to shareholders. We are governed by a Board of Trustees which ensures that Rockdale adheres to its values and principles of providing the best, affordable housing to older people in Sevenoaks.

Originally set up by a pioneering lady of Sevenoaks, Miss Beatrice Wilson, Rockdale is steadfast is its founding principles which Miss Wilson set out over 60 years ago. Miss Wilson trained as a physiotherapist at St Guys Hospital in London and ran her own clinic on Southpark called The Vitasan. Upon her return from service overseas during the war, whilst still operating her clinic, she raised enough money to purchase Rockdale House (now Laurie House) which she converted into a residential home for the elderly in 1953.

Miss Wilson continued to fundraise further and between 1958-1968 she was able to construct 86 apartments for independent living which our residents continue to enjoy today. She was a truly remarkable woman who has provided so many people with a beautiful home. Today, we continue her efforts by developing the site and upholding her values so that Rockdale will always be a wonderful place to live.

Our Mission and Objectives

Rockdale’s mission is to provide housing, care and other help for older people which they can afford, and which will enable them to maintain or improve their quality of life. Its objectives are:

Our Senior Staff

Anita Cleugh
Chief Executive

As the Association’s Chief Executive, Anita has the overall responsibility for the management of every aspect of Rockdale’s work, reporting to the Board of Trustees. Anita joined Rockdale in June 2016 with a background in Housing and a wealth of experience within the housing sector having worked for both small and larger Housing Associations previously.

Val Riches
Housing Manager

Val manages Rockdale’s sheltered apartments, including lettings and sales of leasehold apartments. Val joined Rockdale in 1998 as our Lettings Officer and as such she is extremely knowledgeable about the lettings system both within Rockdale and in the wider district and county.

Rhonda Ware
Home Manager, Rockdale House

Rhonda joined Rockdale in February 2019 as Registered Manager for our Residential Care Home, Rockdale House.

Formally a Registered General Nurse, Rhonda is well informed about CQC regulations, governance , audit and compliance, infection control and end of life care.

Rhonda’s passion for working with older people started when she was 15 and has continued ever since.

Racheal O'Neill
Head of Maintenance

Racheal is the Head of Maintenance and is responsible for the management of routine maintenance, planned maintenance projects, refurbishments, gardens & grounds and all aspects of Health & Safety.

Racheal joined Rockdale in April 2018 and has a background in Project Management in both Finance & Construction.

Sue Baxter
Head of Finance

Sue lives in Sevenoaks and has worked in Finance at Rockdale since 2011, with a recent promotion to Head of Finance.

Sue is a chartered accountant, having worked in senior positions for more than 20 years, with a specialism in not for profit organisations and audit.

Our Board of Trustees

We are tremendously grateful to our Board of Trustees who work entirely on a voluntary basis, and are responsible for formulating the Association’s policy and monitoring its work. Many of them have impressive professional backgrounds which brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to our organisation.

Members of the Board

Ian Grattidge – Chair Patricia Smith
Jim Latheron Jane Budack
David McKee Jill Griffiths
Gillian Shepherd-Coates Sarah Heilbron
Roland Courtney